The Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court to allow adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples in the name of religion.
Department of Justice attorneys submitted a 35-page brief to the Supreme Court asking it to rule in favour of Catholic Social Services, a Philadelphia-based adoption agency, that insists it should be allowed to turn away same-sex couples under the First Amendment.
“This case concerns the application of the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the City of Philadelphia’s termination of a contract allowing Catholic Social Services to help place children in the City with foster parents, on the basis of Catholic Social Services’ unwillingness to endorse same-sex couples as foster parents,” the brief says. “The United States has a substantial interest in the preservation of the free exercise of religion. It also has a substantial interest in the enforcement of rules prohibiting discrimination by government contractors.”
The latest example of the Trump administration seeking to enable legal discrimination against LGBT people.